|Intro||Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and film producer|
|A.K.A.||Michael John Myers|
|Is||Screenwriter Film producer Actor Television actor Film actor Voice actor Film director Songwriter Singer Comedian|
|From||Canada United States of America United Kingdom|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Music|
|Birth||25 May 1963, Scarborough, Canada|
Michael John Myers(born 25 May 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is known for his run as a performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for playing the title roles in the Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and Shrek film franchises. He made his directorial debut with the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013). He has stepped away from acting since 2012, though he had supporting roles in Terminal and Bohemian Rhapsody (both 2018).
Michael John Myers was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on May 25, 1963, to English immigrant parents from the Old Swan area of Liverpool. His father, Eric Myers, was an insurance agent, while his mother, Alice "Bunny" E. Myers (née Hind), was an office supervisor and a veteran of the Royal Air Force. He has two older brothers: Paul, a musician, and Peter, who worked for Sears Canada. He grew up in suburban Toronto districts, both North York and Scarborough, where he attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. He then graduated from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in 1982.
Myers began performing in commercials at two years old. At the age of ten, he made a commercial for British Columbia Hydro, with Gilda Radner playing his mother. At 12, he made a guest appearance as Ari on the TV series King of Kensington.
After graduating from high school, Myers was accepted into The Second City Canadian touring company. He moved to the United Kingdom, and in 1985 he was one of the founding members of The Comedy Store Players, an improvisational group based at The Comedy Store in London.
The next year, he starred in the British children's TV program Wide Awake Club, parodying the show's normal exuberance with his own "Sound Asleep Club", in partnership with Neil Mullarkey.
He returned to Toronto and The Second City in 1986 as a cast member in The Second City's Toronto main stage show, Second City Theatre. In 1988, he moved from Second City in Toronto to Chicago. In Chicago, he trained, performed, and taught at the Improv Olympic.
Myers made many appearances, including as Wayne Campbell, on Toronto's Citytv in the early 1980s, on the alternative video show City Limits hosted by Christopher Ward; Myers also made several appearances after the launch of MuchMusic, for which City Limits was essentially the prototype. Myers also appeared as Wayne Campbell in the music video for Ward's Canadian hit "Boys and Girls".
The Wayne Campbell character was featured extensively in the 1986 summer series It's Only Rock & Roll, produced by Toronto's Insight Production Company for CBC Television. Wayne appeared both in-studio and in a series of location sketches directed and edited by Allan Novak. Myers wrote another sketch, "Kurt and Dieter", co-starring with Second City's Dana Andersen and also directed by Novak, which would later turn into the popular "Sprockets" sketch on Saturday Night Live.
Myers made his film debut when he and Dana Carvey adapted their Wayne's World Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketches into the feature Wayne's World (1992). It was among the most successful films of the year and was followed in 1993 by Wayne's World 2; Myers starred in So I Married an Axe Murderer the same year. He took a two-year hiatus from performing after the end of his time as an SNL regular.
Myers returned to acting with the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), followed by the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Myers played the title role (Austin Powers), the villain (Dr. Evil), a henchman (Fat Bastard) and another villain (Goldmember) in all three films.
One of Myers' rare non-comedic roles came in the film 54 (1998), in which he portrayed Steve Rubell, proprietor of New York City's famous 1970s discotheque Studio 54. The film was not critically or commercially successful, though Myers received some positive notice.
In June 2000, Myers was sued by Universal Pictures for US$3.8 million for backing out of a contract to make a feature film based on his SNL character Dieter. Myers said he refused to honor the US$20 million contract because he felt his script was not ready. Myers countersued, and a settlement was reached after several months where Myers agreed to make another film with Universal. That film, The Cat in the Hat, was released in November 2003 and starred Myers as the title character. It received negative reviews and performed unsuccessfully at the box office.
In 2001, Myers provided the voice of Shrek in the DreamWorks animated film of the same name, having taken over the role after the originally planned voice actor Chris Farley died in December 1997. He reprised this role in Shrek 4-D (a theme park ride) in 2003, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), the Christmas special Shrek the Halls (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010).
Myers received the MTV Generation Award in June 2007, making him the second Canadian to win the award (following Jim Carrey in 2006).
In 2008, Myers co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the poorly received The Love Guru, and in 2009, he had a minor role as British general Ed Fenech in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
In 2018, Myers appeared in supporting roles in Terminal (2018) and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
Myers had a cameo appearance in Britney Spears' music video "Boys" as Austin Powers.
In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top 50 comedy acts by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
Myers is a member of the band Ming Tea along with The Bangles' guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs and musician Matthew Sweet. They performed the songs "BBC" and "Daddy Wasn't There" from the Austin Powers films.
In 2011 Myers returned to The Comedy Store in London to perform a one night only comeback of his role with The Comedy Store Players. The UK comedy website Chortle praised his performance.
Myers' 2013 directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, was selected to be screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017, Myers began hosting a reprised version of The Gong Show in heavy makeup as a fictional British host known as Tommy Maitland.
An avid follower of the Monty Python comedy troupe, in July 2014 Myers appeared on stage at the O2 Arena on the final night of their 10 dates live show, Monty Python Live (Mostly), and also appears on the documentary telefilm Monty Python: The Meaning of Live.
In April 2019, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Myers will be starring in and executive producing a comedy series for Netflix, with it to last for six episodes and him playing multiple characters.
Myers began dating actress and comedy writer Robin Ruzan in the late 1980s after meeting at an ice hockey game in Chicago, during which Myers caught a puck and used the incident as an icebreaker to strike up a conversation with Ruzan. The couple married on May 22, 1993, and Myers later referred to Ruzan as "his muse". The couple filed for divorce in December 2005.
In 2006, café owner Kelly Tisdale confirmed reports that she and Myers were dating. Myers and Tisdale married in New York City in a secret ceremony in late 2010. They have three children: a son born in September 2011 and two daughters.
Myers is a Dungeons & Dragons player and was one of several celebrities to have participated in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day in 2006.
He supports the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He named two characters in the first Austin Powers film Commander Gilmour and General Borschevsky, after then-Maple Leafs players Doug Gilmour and Nikolai Borschevsky.
Myers has played for Hollywood United F.C., a celebrity soccer team. He played in the 2010 Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK football match, England vs. R.O.W (Rest of the World) and scored his penalty during a sudden-death shootout after the game ended 2–2 (June 6, 2010). The Rest of the World team beat England for the first time since the tournament started. Myers is a fan of Liverpool F.C.
In 2014, Myers starred in a commercial with his brother Peter for Sears Canada, using "humorous banter to spread the message that, despite rumours, Sears wasn't shutting down". Peter at the time was senior director of planning at Sears head office in Toronto, and he was laid off in 2017 after Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy.
In 2016, Myers published a book, Canada, about the country's history and popular culture.
Myers currently lives in Tribeca, New York.
Myers is also a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
Awards and honours
In 2003, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
For contributions to the motion picture industry, Mike Myers was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7042 Hollywood Boulevard.
In 2015, his face was put on a stamp by the Canada Post.
On June 30, 2017, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for "his extensive and acclaimed body of comedic work as an actor, writer and producer."
Career awards and nominations
|1989||Saturday Night Live||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program||Won|
|1990||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program||Nominated|
|1992||Wayne's World||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo ()||Won|
|1993||American Comedy Award for Funnest Lead Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|1994||Wayne's World 2||MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo ()||Nominated|
|Saturday Night Live||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program||Nominated|
|1998||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Comedy||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Villain||Won|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence||Won|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Sleazbag||Nominated|
|2000||American Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture||Won|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Comedy||Nominated|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Villain||Won|
|Canadian Comedy Award for Film Performance - Male||Won|
|Canadian Comedy Award for Film Writing - Original||Won|
|54||Csapnivalo Award for Best Male Performance||Nominated|
|Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Villain||Won|
|MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo ()||Won|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment ()||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Fight ()||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Couple ()||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Sleazebag||Won|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Chemistry ()||Nominated|
|2002||Shrek||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo ()||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Nominated|
|N/A||Walk of Fame - Motion Picture 7046 Hollywood, Blvd.||Won|
|2003||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Canadian Comedy Award for Film - Pretty Funny Writing||Won|
|Canadian Comedy Award for Performance - Pretty Funny Male||Won|
|Empire Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|The True Meaning of Christmas Specials||Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series||Nominated|
|Austin Powers in Goldmember||MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance||Won|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Villain||Nominated|
|N/A||MTV TRL Award for Wet Your Pants Award||Nominated|
|N/A||MTV TRL Award for Walk This Way Award ()||Nominated|
|Austin Powers in Goldmember||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite Movie Actor||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Fart in a Movie||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy||Nominated|
|N/A||Teen Choice Award for Choice - Comedian||Nominated|
|The Cat in the Hat||The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Actor||Nominated|
|The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Fake Accent - Male||Nominated|
|The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Song "Fun, Fun, Fun"||Nominated|
|N/A||US Comedy Arts Festival Award for AFI Star award||Won|
|2004||The Cat in the Hat||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor||Nominated|
|N/A||Teen Choice Award for Ultimate Choice award||Won|
|2005||Shrek 2||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Nominated|
|2007||N/A||MTV Movie Award for Next Generation||Won|
|2008||The Love Guru||National Movie Award for Best Performance - Male||Nominated|
|N/A||TV Land Award for Legacy of Laughter award||Won|
|2009||Inglorious Basterds||Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Cast Ensemble||Won|
|The Love Guru||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor||Won|
|Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay ()||Won|
|Inglorious Basterds||Phoenix Film critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance||Won|
|2010||Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble||Won|
|Gold Derby Award for Ensemble Cast||Won|
|The Cat in the Hat
The Love Guru
|Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor of the Decade||Nominated|
|Inglorious Basterds||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Won|
|2014||Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon||Hollywood Film Award for Documentary of the Year||Won|
|Miami Film Festival Award for Knight Documentary Comeptition||Nominated|
|Sarasota Film Festival Award for Best Documentary||Won|
|Sarasota Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Feature||Nominated|
|SXSW Film Festival Award for Documentary Spotlight||Nominated|
|2015||Golden Raspberry Award for Razzie Reedemer Award||Nominated|
|News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming||Nominated|
Notable Saturday Night Live characters
- Dieter – host of Sprockets
- Linda Richman – hostess of Coffee Talk
- Japanese Game Show Host
- "Handsome Actor" Lank Thompson
- Simon – a little boy who does drawings in the bath and complains about having "prune hands" (the theme song for this segment was a slightly modified version of the theme song from Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings by Edward MacLachlan)
- Wayne Campbell (SNL, the Wayne's World films)
- Pat Arnold (SNL, Bill Swerski's Superfans)
- Stuart Rankin – proprietor of "All Things Scottish"
- Lothar (Of the Hill People)
- Ed Miles (Middle-Aged Man) – An older man who helps young people with their problems
- Phillip – A child of the age of six who is hypoglycemic and hyperactive (quote: "I'm a hyper hypo"). Phillip appears in at least two sketches, one with Nicole Kidman and the other with Kim Basinger. The sketch centers on him at a playground while wearing a helmet and a harness tied to the monkey bars.
- Kenneth Reese-Evans – host of "Theatre Stories"
- Johnny Letter – an Old West citizen who writes polite, well-written letters of complaint.
- In December 2014, Myers appeared in a cameo during the cold open as his character Dr. Evil, a super villain known for his appearances in the Austin Powers film series where he called out North Korea and Sony, in particular the logic of Kim Jong-un, and the 2014 Sony hack, as well as making comparisons between the Guardians of Peace and Grand Old Party.